Making Memorial Weekend Memories

“Memorial Day, an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.” –

Most Americans commemorate this holiday by opening their pools for the start of the summer swim season, attending parades, and hosting picnics with friends and family.  Memorial Day seems to be the un-official start to summer, and my husband and I look forward to it every year.

Being eight months pregnant with our first child seems to complicate the plans a little… no tubing down our favorite creek or camping this year.  But, that doesn’t mean we won’t be celebrating!

Kick start your Memorial Day festivities with a festive table scape, fresh at home cooking and star spangled DIY projects.

Here is an easy recipe to impress your friends from The Cookie Rookie.
Here is an easy salad recipe  that’s perfect for summer, and is sure to impress your friends, from The Cookie Rookie.
A great way to add some color and pattern to your table is by creating paper placemats, like this one from Martha Stewart! You can use scrapbook paper, but wallpaper works especially well if you want to make a long table runner. Our blue Stars wallpaper would be a festive option for Memorial Day or the 4th of July.
And, if you have a few extra minutes, add some flair to your favorite pair of jeans with just a few simple steps!
And, if you have a few extra minutes, add some star spangled flair to your favorite pair of jeans, courtesy of Free People.

No matter where you are, or what you do this long holiday weekend, take a few minutes to recognize all those in your life who have served in the military and helped to protect our great country.  Happy Memorial Day!


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The Fabulous Five

The Architectural Digest Design Show at the Pier in NYC, March 17-20, was bigger and better than ever before with an amazing array of talented artists and designers present in abundance. Here are five favorites to desire and inspire!


“Hide” and Seek: “Avo” creates custom design on leather for a natural textural look combined with contemporary geometrics.

Christina Lei Rodriguez

The Golden Child: Fine artist Christina Lei Rodriguez creates beautiful photographic installations translated to fabric, art and more….for “EDGE collections”.


The Life Aquatic:  This Atlantis-inspired “DIFFA Dining by Design” vignette from participant “Arteriors” featuring York Wallcovering’s pattern “Kaleidoscope” is just beautiful!


Moonstruck: Fabric with the look of organic forms seen in an x-ray; from “Moonish”. 


A Space Odyssey: “Jan-Kath” rugs from the “Space Crafted” collection are dynamic enough for wall art.

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50 Shades of Green

The seasons are changing and the green of spring is on everyone’s mind. From bright summer’s shades to misty moors and even ever-present blue tinged springtime mint, whatever your choice, green’s organic beauty is a real force-of-nature for 2016.

Top pattern: Lovely Lattice WP2498; Bottom pattern: Jardin MS6448. All other images found on Pinterest.

Spring Green: Symbol of new beginnings, balance and rebirth, shades of spring green can both relax and stimulate the senses. Nothing says organic like green, so why not join the “green party” this spring? Did you know; green is the most common color in the natural world?

Top pattern: Banana Leaf AT7068; Bottom pattern: Malachite RK4503. All other images found on Pinterest.

Emerald: The emerald isle and the gem itself are iconic to a hue as saturated and intense as to conjure images of “green-eyed-monsters”. This former color of the year can dominate a space or partner well with similar colors of equal depth. Did you know; in certain cultures green is a sacred color and symbolizes eternal life?

Top pattern: Scallop EB2068; Bottom pattern: Open Trellis AP7493. All other images found on Pinterest.

Jade: So closely associated with China that it is synonymous with Asian culture, beautiful gemstone jade comes in a glowing range of shadings.  Jade is associated with wisdom, balance, peace, and this year; hot new trends. Did you know; the Chinese consider jade to be crystallized moonlight?

Top pattern: Franco YS9319; Bottom pattern: Aquarella ST6027. All other images found on Pinterest.

Mint: A green thumb will grow garden-fresh mint, but the new mint movement takes this spring standard pastel to its retro roots for an edgy new look worthy of a second glance. Did you know: menthol is the main ingredient which gives this common herb its flavor and aroma?

We’re giving this organic primary color the “green light” for spring, and we beg to differ; it’s easy being green!

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